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Although Gran Canaria is a relatively small island it is also referred to as a miniature continent. It has it all, high mountain peaks, woods, green meadows, beaches. The weather can vary from snow in the mountains to beachweather in the touristarea in the south. The island is of vulcanic origin, has a round shape and is about 50 km in diameter. The highest point is the peak of Pozo de Las Nieves at 1,949 metres above sea level.


We visited the island for one week. We rented an appartment in the touristresort Playa del Ingles. Playa del Ingles is a part of the Maspalomas area, an area built for the tourists. There is nothing original here, simply because 40 years ago nobody lived along the south coast. Then they started to develop the area, with its sandy beaches for tourists. You will find hotels, appartments, bungalows and ofcourse the restaurants, bars and shops to go along with that.
Because of this it is also very international here, there are german restaurants, dutch restaurants, italian and more but you will find a few original canarian restaurants. The personal in the restaurants and bars will speak your langage and serve the food you are used to at home. If that is what you like go for it...... but if you don't like that you will have to rent a car to get away to the original canarian villages.


When you drive inland you will find tourism isn't the only thing the island is living on. Many people earn money from agricultural products like tomato, banana, oranges and more. In the picture you see the valley at San Nicolas de Tolentino. All the gray plastic things are tomato plantations.

You can find more info on the island here:
http://www.grancanaria.com/
For the touristarea Maspalomas (including San Antonio and Playa del ingles):
http://www.maspalomas.com

  • Last visit to Isla de Gran Canaria: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated Mar 4, 2006
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  • Jun 24, 2010 at 1:31 AM

    Gran Canaria is a big tourist trap. Everybody wants your money!! All the time. I still love the island..

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    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:12 AM

    Dead good page :D

  • Apr 19, 2008 at 3:11 AM

    It's less worth seeing now since the "finger of god" broke off 2 years ago in a storm!!!

  • Sep 3, 2007 at 5:19 PM

    Those in the photo are not tortellini: they are tagliatelle. Tortellini is a filled kind of pasta: they usually have a meat or cheese filling.

  • tessy's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2006 at 1:30 PM

    Great page with lots of very helpful tips!

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2005 at 8:18 AM

    No quiet place & too many timeshare touts Good page enjoyed reading your tips

  • Maria_75's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2005 at 7:08 AM

    What a fantastic great page!!! I'm so happy that you got to see many of the beautiful places around the island. Papas arrugadas con mojo is my favorite meal, and I eat it almost daily now... ;) Greetings from Maria.

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    Feb 1, 2005 at 12:02 PM

    broodje maastricht hehehe:-)) hmmmm all that ymmu food, great page with great tips and pics!

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2005 at 4:38 AM

    i like the restaurant tips ! cheers!

  • myriam_c's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2005 at 2:41 PM

    Heineken en saté met patat ... neen toch !!! :)))

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